CyberPatriot began in 2008 and is sponsored by the Air Force Association, Northrup Grumman, Science Applications International Corporation, Institute for Cyber Security, Raytheon, and Microsoft to help build interest in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields and to build interest in the growing field of cyber security. Since the Civil Air Patrol is the civilian auxiliary of the Air Force and cyber security is a significant focus for the Air Force, it is a logical extension for Civil Air Patrol squadrons to field teams in this important area of technology.
The team from Youngstown consists of Sean Beatty, Joseph Dean, Michael Gentile, Carl Lester, Harry Pasku, and Andrew Stoneburner. Coached by Major Paul Creed III and assisted by 1st Lt Diana Beatty, the team has been meeting regularly to go over in-depth classroom lectures and hands-on labs focusing on Windows and Linux.
Team Captain Beatty says, “Cyber security has become very crucial in today's world. We use it in every aspect of our daily lives. CyberPatriot helps train the future of America how to defend our computers and other technology from malicious attacks.” “In today’s hyper-connected world, the security of all of the computing systems involved is critical to the nation’s infrastructure and defense. CyberPatriot prepares the next generation for that defense,” remarked Major Creed.